Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has commented on improving visibility in the new 2022 cars. Pirelli’s new 18-inch tires have reportedly impaired visibility for drivers after their first round of pre-season testing in Barcelona. Many drivers on the grid were struggling with visibility on the corners, making it harder than the previous generation cars.
Now, 7-time Lewis Hamilton has comically suggested that a cushion would be a good solution to the issue. He said, “I am probably sitting too low, I am seeing a lot of sky at the moment. But I will get a whoopie cushion or something and sit higher. But I’ll get a cushion or something to sit higher.”
Hamilton, who will drive the new W13 with new teammate George Russell this season, will be hoping to continue the team’s dominance into 2022.
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The 37-year clocked an impressive 1m 19.138s on the final day of testing, with Russell narrowly in second with 1m 19.233s. Mercedes were facing slight ‘porpoising‘ during testing, while there were other minor issues at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Williams’ Duo Agree with Lewis Hamilton Amidst Visibility Concerns
Williams drivers Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi were part of the list of drivers facing the same issue. Latifi admitted that certain corners were tougher to judge, but it is a matter of time before drivers get used to this problem.
Albon, however, believes that tracks like Silverstone will face lesser visibility issues as compared to street circuits. The weight of the cars have turned out to be higher than the previous generation cars. The new regulations are set to welcome ‘closer competition’ starting from the 2022 F1 season.
With the season under three weeks away, drivers will be hoping to get maximum time in their new cars ahead of the opening race in Bahrain on March 20. This year could provide a lot of twists and turns with many surprises expected in the coming months with teams looking to battle it out once again.